Friday, May 11, 2012

Movie Trailer for "The Campaign", Starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis

When I first heard about this project, I gotta say, I was expecting a bit more from this team than what I'm seeing in this first trailer for the film. "The Campaign" is a political satire about two unconventional men running for Congress. Just knowing that Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis are the stars gives you a pretty good idea of the type of comedy ahead. But you add in that Jay Roach is directing - he has not only comedies like the Austin Powers and Meet the Parents franchises to his name, but also Emmy Award-winning political drama, "Recount" (which I thought was great) - and it seems like it could be a nice mix of ingredients.

As a preface, I will say that I'm generally over Will Ferrell's brand of comedy. I think he's great at his craft, but with comedic actors like this, they kind of only have one level. And once you've seen it eight or nine times, you have a pretty good grasp of what's ahead. And even though Galifianakis can still be funny, his character does not seem appealing to me at all in this movie. I don't think we're going to get that perfect blend that I was hoping from out of Roach. The film already seems stale to me.


So anyway, after that rave review, check out the trailer for the film after the break, thanks to Apple.




I'll give it this though, at least the trailer ends on the strongest note in the entire video. Punching babies is solid comedy. And we'll wait and see what future content looks like for this film; who knows, maybe they're saving the good stuff for later. And Jason Sudeikis being involved helps too. I like him and I'm sure he will bring a freshness to the overall comedy in the film. Ultimately, with this film I think the biggest thing is just going to be your interest levels in this type of comedy (obviously). Either you can still appreciate what these guys are doing on screen, or you're over it, much like I am.

The film is quickly approaching though, as it's set for an August 10, 2012 release (just in time for the meat of the political season). And here's the official synopsis:

When long-term congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major public gaffe before an upcoming election, a pair of ultra-wealthy CEOs plot to put up a rival candidate and gain influence over their North Carolina district. Their man: naive Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis), director of the local Tourism Center. At first, Marty appears to be the unlikeliest possible choice but, with the help of his new benefactors’ support, a cutthroat campaign manager and his family’s political connections, he soon becomes a contender who gives the charismatic Cam plenty to worry about.
As Election Day closes in, the two are locked in a dead heat, with insults quickly escalating to injury until all they care about is burying each other, in this mud-slinging, back-stabbing, home-wrecking comedy from “Meet the Parents” director Jay Roach that takes today’s political circus to its logical next level. Because even when you think campaign ethics have hit rock bottom, there’s room to dig a whole lot deeper.

So what do you guys think? Do you think this movie looks funny? Will you go see it in theaters?